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Top of the class

Class notes

By Times Staff Writer
Published October 19, 2005


SCHOOL CALENDAR

Report cards will be distributed Oct. 26.

Staff development day Oct. 31. No school for students.

CLASS NOTES

East Pasco

R.B. COX ELEMENTARY: Fall Festival, 4-6 p.m. Friday. There will be games, prizes and food. Community members and families are welcome to attend. Tickets are available now, 5 for $1; 4 for $1 on the day of the festival.

LACOOCHEE ELEMENTARY: Picture retakes today. Advisory Council meeting, 8:45 a.m. Oct. 26.

LAKE MYRTLE ELEMENTARY: Fall Festival, 4-7:30 p.m. Oct. 28. There will be bounce houses, games, a Business Expo, contests, food and music. Sponsors are needed for this event. For information, call PTA President Rhonda Leschanz at (813) 363-9593.

PINE VIEW ELEMENTARY: PTA Sundae party, 3 p.m. Friday. PTA Flapjack Festival armbands go on sale Monday. ST. ANTHONY CATHOLIC: The Celebrity Waiter and Dinner Auction will be Friday. For information, call Jane Hughes at (352) 567-6567 or (352) 588-8309.

SANDERS MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY: The Land O'Lakes Jazz Band performs Friday to kick off Red Ribbon week. Fall Festival, 6-8 p.m. Friday. There will be food, games, a dance and activities for the whole family. Students, family and community members are invited to attend. For information, call (813) 794-1500. Canned Food Drive, Monday-Oct. 28. Dad's Club meeting, 7 p.m. Oct. 27 .

WEIGHTMAN MIDDLE: Picture make-up day is Friday. Tutoring is available for students from 2-4 p.m. each Wednesday.

WEST ZEPHYRHILLS ELEMENTARY: Annual Canned Food Drive Kick-Off and Family Movie Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday. This event is sponsored by the ABC committee, the Student Council and the PTA. The canned food drive will run through Nov. 4 to assist the needy families of the community.

West Pasco

ANCLOTE ELEMENTARY: Picture retakes, today.

CALUSA ELEMENTARY: Health screenings for kindergarteners and first- and third-grade students, today.

CYPRESS ELEMENTARY: Active Parenting Night, 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

DEER PARK ELEMENTARY: Book Fair/Family Night, 4-7 p.m. today. The book fair will continue for students during the school day through Friday. Family Fun Night, 6:30 p.m. Thursday at SpinNations Skating Center in Port Richey. Advisory Council meeting, 8 a.m. Friday. PTO Family Night Meeting/Red Ribbon Celebration, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

FOX HOLLOW ELEMENTARY: Intermediate academic luncheon, today.

GULF MIDDLE: School dance, 6:30-9 p.m. Friday. Yearbooks go on sale Monday.

GULFSIDE ELEMENTARY: Escape School presentation, 6:30 p.m. today. Student of the month celebration, 2:30 p.m. Friday.

HUDSON ELEMENTARY: Fall Festival, 4-7 p.m. Friday. Kinship meeting,"Grandparents Raising Grandchildren," 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.

HUDSON MIDDLE: PTO meeting, 6:30 p.m. today .

MITTYE P. LOCKE ELEMENTARY: Advisory Council meeting, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

LONGLEAF ELEMENTARY: Star Search luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Friday. Health screenings Tuesday for grades K-3.

RICHEY ELEMENTARY: Student of the month breakfast, 8-10 a.m. today.

SCHWETTMAN EDUCATION CENTER: Open house, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

SEVEN SPRINGS ELEMENTARY: Book Fair, Monday-Oct. 28.

SCHOOL THEATER/MUSIC EVENTS

These events will be held at the Pasco Schools Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey:

- River Ridge Middle School Choral Concerts will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

- River Ridge High School Drama presents A Midsummer Night's Dream at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students. Call (727) 774-7382.

- Mitchell High School Drama presents Thornton Wilder's Our Town at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 2 p.m. Nov. 6. Tickets are $5 and are available at the box office day of show only.

YOUTH LIBRARY EVENTS

Hugh Embry Library , 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

Teen Jeopardy, 4 p.m. Thursday. Craft Corner, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for elementary ages.

New River Library , 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills. (813) 788-6375.

Role playing and board games for teens, 8-10 p.m. Friday. Craft Corner, 2 p.m. Saturday for elementary ages.

Monster Movie Night, 8 p.m. Oct. 27. Teens are welcome to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume for this event.

Hudson Regional Library , 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040, TTY (727) 861-3024.

- Family Night Out features stories, songs and activities, 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday through Nov. 30.

- American Girl Party, 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

- Video Gaming for Teens, 6-8 p.m. Friday.

South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. (727) 834-3331.

- Celebrate Teen Read Week by meeting teen author Adrian Fogelin (Crossing Jordan; Casey's Place in the World; Big Nothing) at 6 p.m. today.

COMMUNITY

Haunted House and Spooktacular, 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday through Saturdayat the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Children of all ages are invited to this event with their parents. Older children can experience a haunted house while younger children enjoy games. There is no cost. For information, call (813) 929-1229.

- Native American Festival, Friday through Sunday at Withlacoochee River Park in Dade City. The cost is $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.

- Moore Mickens Education Center's Assist, Believe and Care Committee is sponsoring a yard sale 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the school, 38301 Martin Luther King Blvd., Dade City. Site rentals are available. For information, call (352) 524-9022.

- Wesley Chapel High School Homecoming Festivities will be held Oct. 27-28. A carnival will be held 6-9 p.m. Oct. 27 and 6 p.m. Oct. 28 followed by the homecoming game kickoff against Mitchell High at 7:30 p.m. Carnival activities include more than 20 fun-filled booths, a Beef O'Brady's Wing Eating Contest, free movies on the lawn, the WCHS award-winning band, the WCHS "Purrfekshun" Step Team and more. Free admission and parking for the carnival on Thursday.

- The public is invited to "Pull Your Heart Out" for the kids at the New Port Richey Marine Institute at 8 a.m. Saturday at Sims Park in New Port Richey. Teams in high school, community/business or competitive divisions are welcome to compete against the clock to pull a 20-ton firetruck 50 feet. The competition will be held as part of the Founders Day Celebration. Proceeds will benefit the New Port Richey Marine Institute. For information or to become a sponsor, call Karen King at (727) 534-5628.

- Chasco Middle School Flea Market, 7702 Ridge Road, Port Richey, will be held 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 5. Spaces of 8 by 8 feet may be purchased for $15. Premium spaces are $20. Tables are not provided. All proceeds benefit Chasco Middle School. Rain date is Nov. 12. To reserve space, call Cheryl Karlau at (727) 774-1312.

- Fifth-graders in Renee Livermore's class at Cotee River Elementary are collecting old, worn-out American flags that need to be retired. The students, who have been studying the history of the American flag, are working with American Legion Post 335 in Hudson. Community members are welcome to bring their flags to the school at 7515 Plathe Road, New Port Richey. For information, call (727) 774-3000.

BRIEFS

- Oct. 28 is the deadline to register for the SAT to be administered on Dec. 3. To register, visit www.collegeboard.com - Parents interested in enrolling their children in the Pre-International Baccalaureate Program are welcome to attend informational meetings at their child's school on the following dates : River Ridge Middle, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9; Gulf Middle School, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10; Seven Springs Middle, 7 p.m. Nov. 15 ; Bayonet Point Middle, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 ; Chasco Middle, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17; Hudson Middle, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21. For information, call Dr. Debbie Lepley at 727 774-3300.

CONTESTS/SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Students in grades 5-8 are invited to enter TOYchallenge, a national toy design contest sponsored by Sally Ride Science, Sigma Xi and Southwest Airlines. Those who are interested must form a team with at least half of the team members being female, find a coach and sign up. The fee is $45 per team. Teams may sign up now through Dec. 12. Preliminary entries are due Jan. 25. Teams chosen to attend nationals, held in early May in Raleigh, N.C., will be notified in March. For complete guidelines and entry forms, go to www.toychallenge.com

Nov. 1 is the deadline to apply for Target All-Around Scholarships. One $25,000 grand scholarship and 625 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students with records of outstanding community service and volunteerism. Recipients are selected based on their commitment to volunteerism, including number of community volunteer service hours; volunteer leadership awards and honors; appraisal form completed by a volunteer supervisor or leader; essay on volunteer service; and grade point average of 2.0 or higher. For information on the Target All-Around Scholarships, go to target.com/education and click on All-Around Scholarships. No paper applications will be accepted.

WISH LIST:

Moore Mickens Education Center, 38301 Martin Luther King Blvd., Dade City, is accepting donations of used paperback books and comic books in good condition for its Adult Education Library project. Donations may be brought to the front office of the school 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call (352) 524-9035 or (352) 524-9000.

NEWSMAKERS

- Lacoochee Elementary School students of the month : Jacob Lauska, Samuel Avila, Brenda Martinez, Christian O'Dell, Corey Spangler, Tiyanna Pullen, Brian Wellington, Chris Petters, Alejandro Huapilla, Dustin Wehling, Daniel Cruz, Secelia Contreras, Sandra Larios, Rudy Soto, Karina Castillo, Erika Schoolcraft, Ronnie Perez, Jamie Bullington, Kaitlynn Roberts, Adrianna Easton, Alan Guzman, Kasey Szwast. Chamber of Commerce student of the month was Alan Guzman.

- Wesley Chapel High School student s Matthew D. Peters and Misty M. Webster have been named Commended Students in the 2006 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corp., which conducts the program, was presented by principal Andrew Frelcik to these scholastically talented seniors.

- Richey Elementary School students of the month: Jeronimo Perez, Autumn Dalby, Rebecca McBroom, Dylan Kilgore, Thalia Sota, Nicole Amacker, Christopher Plouffe, Nathan Tatum, Sarah Schmidt, Amber Allen, Dyllon Dicks, Caleb Stewart, Matthew Brown, Ann Marie Valesquez.

- Anclote Elementary School students of the month: Giovanni Pracon, Patricia Faller, Timothy Dallaire, Darren Lanzer, Christopher Valdiva, Savanna Brown, Samantha LaFavor, Alix Wynne, Paige Cetnor, Taja Maxwell, Katryna Crom, Veronica Levinson, Sierra Ryder, Yen Ngo, John Yerbic, Seth Lulow, Carolyn Yerger, Baylee Herzog, Chelsea Echols, Phillip Phillips, Huong Le, Amy Doan, Sarah Langley, Megan Maloney, Veronica Phillips, Taylor Lawless, William Bernier, Klejdi Deda, Terry Kent, Anisa Arapi, Zeba Alvi, Tyler Hardeman, Chelsea Shay, Cobi Johnson, Jason Jones.

- Student Council officers at Dayspring Academy Elementary: president: Alexa Chase. Vice president: Amanda Blankenship . Secretary : Emily Frano. Treasurer : Amber Mariano . Commissioner of Safety : Malia Bain. Public Relations: Kelsey Lynch. Commissioner of Ecology: Alysha Blair.

- Hudson Elementary School has received a $500 grant from the Exxon Mobile Education Alliance program to support the school's efforts to provide the best education to its students. Jim Williams, manager of the Fairway Oaks Exxon, worked with school officials to secure the grant, which is one of 4,000 available to schools across the country.

- Mrs. Angel Golliner has been named Teacher of the Year at Seven Springs Elementary School. Mrs. Stacy Finch was named School Related Personnel of the Year.

Send your school news to Michele Miller via fax at 727 869-6233 in Port Richey, (813) 909-4611 in Land O'Lakes and (352) 521-6520 in Dade City; e-mail miller@sptimes.com or send regular mail to 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34688. For information, call Michele Miller at (727) 869-6251 or toll-free at 1-800-333-7505, ext. 6251.

[Last modified October 19, 2005, 00:30:20]


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